From nighttime pool parties and extended theme park hours to boozy bar crawls and lively music events, there are so many things to do in Orlando at night.
Whether you’re looking for fun-filled family activities, romantic date-night ideas or a place to party with friends, you’ll find all manner of activities to choose from.
This list of things to do in Orlando at night includes options to suit all ages and budgets. To make your search a little easier you can skip straight to a specific section using the menu below. Let’s dive in!
Things to do in Orlando at night with family
1. Enjoy extended hours at Disney World
You can enjoy Disney’s attractions and experiences until late at night on special After Hours evenings. Taking place at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, these family friendly nights feature special themed shows and low wait times at dozens of rides. Entrance starts from 7pm and show times are generally from 9pm until midnight. Ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are included in the price – you can get great-value park tickets here.
2. Splash around at a pool party
If you’re looking for evening activities for families, how about heading to a night time pool party? At Typhoon Lagoon, guests can enjoy amazing water park action until late at its H20 Glow Nights. Held on select dates through the summer, the event is packed with splash-tastic surprises such as glowing lights, a DJ-hosted beach party, specially-lit slides and character meet-and-greets. A tempting array of food and drink is on offer, plus there’s an adults-only area featuring entertainment and a bar.
There are some stunning villas to stay at nearby, including options with their own pools.
3. Be wowed at Universal
Attention all Harry Potter fans! You can see Hogwarts Castle light up with dazzling effects at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. On select nights, the Night time Lights show features an amazing spectacle of lights and projections cast against the majestic castle. Held at Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, it’s a top choice if you’re looking for family friendly things to do in Orlando at night.
4. Spot colorful cars
The entertainment district of Old Town in Kissimmee offers fun for the whole family both day and night. Each week it hosts amazing night time car cruises featuring all manner of colorful vintage cars. Kids and adults alike will love seeing the funky cars cruising up and down the main street. If your kids aren’t car fans, you can catch a magic show, visit a haunted house or hang out at the funfair instead.
Kissimmee is located just a stone’s throw from Disney World and is home to some of the most popular family resorts in Orlando.
5. See the skyline at night
You’ll see Orlando in a whole new light when you take a night time ride on The Wheel at Icon Park. At night, the huge wheel lights up with more than 60,000 multi-colored lights. From heights of up to 400 feet you can see the entire Orlando skyline including downtown, the theme parks and beyond. Riders of all ages are welcome on The Wheel which operates from 10am-10pm on weekdays and from 10am-midnight on weekends.
6. Go alligator spotting at night
Ideal for thrill-seekers of all ages, a night time airboat ride will take you across the swamps of the city where you’ll get up-close views of crocodiles and other local wildlife. Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures runs amazing night tours that are suitable for children and adults alike. You’ll ride into the night on a 17-seater airboat led by an expert guide. You’re guaranteed to come face-to-face with a whole host of nocturnal animals including the huge American Alligator.
7. Have a racing competition
Come rain or shine, the fun is always guaranteed at the I-Drive Nascar indoor go karting track. The longest and fastest indoor track in the city, it’s open until 11pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends. Each race is 8 minutes long on the quarter mile track complete with 8 turns, 3 hairpins, a chicane and The Senna S bend. There’s also a 4-lane bowling alley, a full-service restaurant and an arcade with more than 60 games.
8. Dine in a medieval setting
Dine on delicious food and witness amazing feats at the one-of-a-kind Medieval Times dinner show. Set within a medieval-style castle, the 3-hour show will make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time to 11th-century Spain. The evening starts with a live jousting tournament and classic sword fight during which families can cheer for their favourite knight in shining armour. Afterwards, the castle’s serfs and wenches serve a delicious 4-course banquet.
9. Fly high over the city
Take an amazing look at Orlando’s awe-inspiring landscape from the best seat in the house – a helicopter! Orlando Heli-Tours offers a raft of unique air tours that will see you soaring over theme parks, celebrity homes, lakes, swamps and woodlands. For night time flights, check out the Epcot Fireworks Tour. Not only do you fly over Epcot’s amazing fireworks, you also fly over Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, and Universal. If this sounds like your kind of thing, have a read of our guide to helicopter rides in Orlando.
Things to do in Orlando for adults at night
10. Go for an evening stroll
There are so many great places to go for a relaxing evening stroll in Orlando. A top spot is the charming Disney-built town of Celebration where you can wander around the pretty streets and lake. The town is home to plenty of places to drink and dine. at Kilwins ice cream parlour you can enjoy comfortable waterside seating and enjoy a tasty ice-cream whilst watching the sun go down.
11. Sip drinks on a rooftop terrace
Some of the best nightlife in Orlando can be found around the buzzing area of Church Street in downtown Orlando. Places like Chillers, Cahoots and Latitudes all offer music, food, craft beers and happy hour specials. Have a browse of the incredible bars on historic Church Street and find your perfect spot to laugh away the night with your friends.
12. Ride a pedal-powered pub
Enjoy plenty of adults-only fun when you pedal around on a Limo Cycle for a night of drinks and laughs. The pedal-powered pub has enough space for up to 15 riders and takes you on a 2-hour tour with stops at a few pubs along the way. It’s a fun way to spend an evenings with friends or to celebrate a special occasion.
If you’re staying in Orlando with friends you’ll find some great villas for large groups.
13. Learn the art of mixology
Craft cocktails are a big thing in Orlando and learning to make them has become all the rage. The Courtesy Bar in downtown Orlando offers a cocktail-making class every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. These laid-back but educational classes start at 5.15pm and include the class, materials and the 3 cocktails you make.
14. Taste your way around
While most Orlando food tours are family friendly, the vast majority of tour-goers are adults who want to taste their way around the city. The Winter Park Walking Food Tour lets you sip and sample some of the area’s best dishes as you stroll around the scenic streets of Winter Park. It takes place during the day, but if you book a private tour for a big group you can opt for an evening slot.
15. Take a brewery tour
There are dozens of micro and craft breweries in Orlando where you can quench your thirst and get the inside scoop on how to make beer. One of the best known is downtown’s Orlando Brewing which offers free tours from Monday through Saturday. You can also take guided tours of several breweries from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus with Hop On Brew Tours. During each guided tour you’ll visit 3-5 breweries depending on the tour you choose. Most tours include beer tasting, snacks and entertainment
16. Get down at a block party
Nightlife in Orlando doesn’t get much better than the late-night block parties at Wall Street Plaza. Every Friday and Saturday night the plaza is closed off to traffic and opened up to revelers who are invited party until the early hours. There’s an outdoor DJ and numerous bars offering cheap drinks specials.
17. Laugh along at a comedy night
For some enjoyable evening entertainment head to the Sak Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando. The 250-seat theater is one of the most popular comedy venues in the city and hosts nightly improvised comedy shows that are open to everyone. For those who want to learn the art of stand-up comedy, the venue also runs a range of classes for both beginners and experienced comedians. Whether you’re there to watch a show or join a class, plenty of laughs are guaranteed at one of the most fun things to do at night in Orlando for adults.
18. Mingle at an arty party
Enjoy a date night that will enrich your cultural side at Orlando’s only art party. The Orlando Museum of Art holds this fun artsy event from 6pm on the first Thursday of every month. Guests can access the museum’s featured exhibition, as well as listen to music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There’s a bar serving beers, wine and soft drinks, plus there are plenty of places to eat nearby.
19. Drink champagne on a private flight
Take flight on The Wheel at Icon Park in a private capsule, complete with champagne and wonderful views over Central Florida. Try timing your flight with the sunset or the theme park fireworks. The wheel lights up with thousands of colored lights at night – you can even request to become a ‘lighting partner’ and select your own colors to mark a special occasion. Champagne flights are available until 10pm on weekdays and midnight at weekends.
Free things to do in Orlando at night
20. Watch a movie outdoors
Take the whole family along to watch free films on a huge outdoor screen at Popcorn Flicks in the Park. The event is typically held on the second Thursday of each month at Central Park in Winter Park’s downtown district. Bring a chair, grab some snacks and spend the night watching a movie under the stars. Movies are every night beginning at dusk – arrive early to get the best spot!
22. Enjoy nightly entertainment
Also free of charge to get in is Universal’s Citywalk entertainment complex. A mix of shopping, restaurants and entertainment attractions, this is a great place to take the kids for an evening out. The venue has free self-parking after 6pm and is located adjacent to Universal Studios.
23. Have a night out amongst nature
If you’re not planning on renting a boat, you can still enjoy an evening at Lake Eola Park without spending a cent. There’s a walkway around the lake for scenic strolls. The park also has a large kids’ playground which is free to use. The onsite Walt Disney Amphitheater hosts many free community events and performances. Don’t forget the nightly light shows around the fountain; they run nightly at around 8pm and 9.30 pm.
The best places to stay in Orlando
We hope you have enjoyed our guide to things to do in Orlando at night, and have found plenty of brilliant activities to fill up your vacation.
When visiting Orlando you’ll want to be sure you’re staying somewhere that has all of the space, privacy and facilities you need for a safe and happy vacation. Our villas in Orlando come complete with pools, game rooms, home theaters and themed kids’ bedrooms. Families can also make the most of other perks like babysitting services, private tuition and personal chefs who will cater for everyone – even fussy eaters!
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